We talk with our guests about poverty in the US, and how supplemental payments have helped to bring up the level of income for the poorest in the US. We discuss the Surplus Theory of Labor, and how changes have taken place, so that workers now have more power in the negotiations with employers, though not as well as they would have with greater labor union participation.
We talk about the defeat of the recall vote on Gavin Newson of California. This is a Republican defeat. However, right-wing factions have grown in power at the more local levels, such as state legislatures, city school boards, etc. Social issues have pushed voters to single-issue approaches.